All posts tagged: dogs

Pets Corner: Keeping dogs happy and healthy at Christmas

Current reports say that we are in for a cold Christmas and we might even get snow. After indulging at the Christmas table one of the great seasonal pleasures is to take a long family walk and having a dog only adds to the experience. If the weather is really cold or wet, a few precautions will ensure you have a healthy and happy Christmas all round. Slippery snow and ice Many of us seem to go stir crazy in the snow and decide to give our dog the equivalent of a year’s worth of aerobic exercise. We break out the ball chucker and run the dog until he can run no more. If your hound is already as fit as the proverbial butcher’s dog you might just get away with this sudden burst of extreme exercise. However, for those that gently walk their dog a few times a week this way disaster lies. The biggest risk is often to the cruciate ligament and this major injury will not only blow your bank balance but …

Guest post: Dog Grooming

“These dog owners spend more on their pets’ grooming than themselves – are they barking mad? “ the title of the article read in the MailOnline  in June 2014 Until quite recently, dog grooming in this country hasn’t been very popular, but British consumers are increasingly spending more on their animals and grooming salons don’t seem so alien any more. There are different types of salons, most commonly the static salon, which doubles as a shop for pet accessories, clothing, treats and food. Then there is the groomer who grooms from their own home, usually a summer house in the garden, the mobile groomer who comes to your own house and grooms the dogs in the comfort of your own home. And last but not least, the mobile salon, which normally is a fully converted van, with all the mod cons of a salon (heater, warm hydro bath, blaster dryer, electric grooming table, etc ) – only on wheels! No mess in your own house. The salon comes to you, hooks up to the power …

Pets Corner: My dog won’t come when I call

Poor recall has to be one of the top reasons for calling in a dog trainer. It is not unusual to see exasperated owners anxiously speed-walking around the park repeatedly calling their dog’s name while the hound in question is nowhere to be seen. Equally common is the dog that dances around enticingly, just out of range of its owner, refusing to have its lead put on. Poor recall is not only inconvenient it is also dangerous; the ability to call your dog away from something could one day save his life. Of course, you won’t be surprised to learn that the fault lies not with the dog but with the owner. Recall is a vital command and has to be built with care throughout the dog’s early years before it is reliable. Alas, many owners stop training after puppy school. The fact is most puppies do have good recall- it makes sense for young animals to stay close to the security of owners, but this all falls apart at adolescence when the youngster discovers …